Hornets pick up huge 1-0 win over Pioneers

Oct 22, 2020 by

Published October 22, 2020

LANDON PHILLIPS assisted on Jake Mikulski’s goal during North Reading’s 1-0 win over Lynnfield on Oct. 10. (Dan Pawlowski Photo)

By DAN NUNN

NORTH READING — The NRHS boys’ soccer team shut out Lynnfield 1-0 on Oct. 10.

Despite not playing their best in the first half, NRHS still managed to score the lone goal in the 15th minute.  The scoring play started when Landon Phillips rolled an indirect free kick short to Sam McGeachie almost 40 yards from the Lynnfield goal.  McGeachie then played the ball to Kiernan Schulz who found Mark Tramontozzi making a run toward the goal line outside the left post.  Mark then dropped a pass to Phillips at the top of the penalty area.  Phillips passed to the far post where an unmarked Jake Mikulski finished off the superb teamwork with his second goal of the season.

In the second half, the Hornets settled into the game and in the 66th minute Josh Stanieich had a great scoring chance.  Stanieich got by a defender and unleashed a low, hard shot to the goalkeeper’s right, but the Pioneers keeper was up to the challenge.

Lynnfield mounted a late surge with three dangerous free kicks near the Hornets’ penalty area, but those chances were blocked, saved by Gorgenyi, and harmlessly wide.

Conquer Vikings 2-1

The Hornets’ offense showed up early and despite a late comeback attempt by the visiting Rockport Vikings were able to hold on for their third win of the season on Opponent 14.

Josh Stanieich scored twice for NRHS.

Stanieich started the scoring in the 3rd minute when he got to a rebound and fired a half volley into the bottom right corner of the net.  The early domination led to a second goal in the 16th minute. Schulz struck a brilliant long pass from midfield all the way across the field to Stanieich in the Rockport penalty area where the sophomore goal scorer neatly tucked it inside the far post for his second goal of the game and his third of the season.

Other than a 4th quarter goal off of a set piece the Hornet defense led by senior captains Nick Pasquale and John Tramontozzi held down the fort in front of Gorgenyi and the Hornets ran it’s record to 3-0-1.

The Hornets improved to 4-1-1 with a 2-0 win over Amesbury on Saturday. They fell to 4-2-1 after dropping a 3-0 contest vs. Pentucket on Monday. Full recaps will appear at a later date.

North Reading Traveled to Hamilton-Wenham (2-2-2) on Wednesday after press time. They play in Ipswich (0-4-1) this Saturday at 10 a.m

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